Threads adhere underwater: sea cucumber
Sticky ejectable threads of sea cucumbers adhere underwater and cure quickly because as the outer cell layer is shed, the inner cell layer springs open, elongates, and secretes granules of insoluble proteins that stick together.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Quick-curing underwater glue.|
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Quick-curing underwater glue.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing, construction
Michel Jangoux Patrick Flammang (adhesion) Edwin Lamarque (regeneration)
University of Mons-Hainaut